About Us

The Finance Innovation Lab is an incubator for positive change in the financial system.

We believe in a financial system that works for people and for the planet. One that is democratic, responsible and fair.

We build communities of innovators and advocates who are creating a better financial system. We help them grow as leaders and scale their work.

We do this in three ways;

  • We incubate new business models, innovation in mainstream and new forms of civil society
  • We accelerate the capacity of leaders to create change
  • We create the wider conditions for change by raising awareness, creating supportive communities and advocating for policy change

We work with people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including mainstream finance, the creative industries, academia, NGOs and the alternative business and finance world.

The Lab is co-convened by WWF-UK (World Wide Fund for Nature) and ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Iit was launched in 2008 and has been named one ‘50 New Radicals, changing the face of Britain for the better’ by NESTA and The Observer newspaper.

“The Finance Innovation Lab team were very energetic, visionary and helpful – they provided an excellent foundation for the rest of the day’s content driven sessions. Rachel and Jen used lots of frameworks which sparked healthy debate around the scope of our work going forward and they helped us to build upon the broad range of skills and expertise within the team.”
- As Aekta Mahajan, Social Investment and Finance Team, Cabinet Office said;

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The Team

The Lab was co-founded by four people, Charlotte, Jen, Richard and Rachel. Today it is lead by three of the original founders.

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Impact

We incubate help people build tangible alternatives to current practice, to prove it’s possible to do things differently.

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Our Story

The Finance Innovation Lab was born in the Great Hall of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2008, in the heart of the city of London.

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